Education for Sustainable Development

By Prof. Atasi Mohanty   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 2617
Education is a human right and a force for sustainable development and peace. Every goal in UNESCO’s ‘2030 Agenda’ (17 Sustainable Development Goals-SDGs) requires education to empower people with the knowledge, skills and values to live in dignity, build their lives and contribute to their societies. While governments hold the main responsibility for ensuring the right to quality education, the ‘2030 Agenda’ is a universal and collective commitment. It requires political will, global and regional collaboration, and active engagement of educational institutions, civil society, youth, corporate/private sector, and other multilateral agencies to tackle educational challenges and build systems that are inclusive, equitable and relevant to all learners/stakeholders.


All Students , Teachers, & Professionals

All Educational Institutions (Both School & Higher Edn.); Industry/Corporate CSR units.
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Faculty Domain - Advanced
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jan 2022
End Date : 15 Apr 2022
Enrollment Ends : 07 Feb 2022
Exam Date : 23 Apr 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1 : 1: Introduction to ESD
a) Introduction to UNESCO 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
Week 2 : b) SD Goal-4- Quality Education for all
c) Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)
Week 3 : 2: ESD & SDGs ESD for achieving SDG- 4.7
a)Sustainable lifestyle
b) Human rights
Week 4 : c) Gender equality
d) Promotion of peace & non-violence
e) Global citizenship
Week 5 : f) Leveraging cultural diversity for SDGs
3. ESD & Sustainability ESD for achieving SDG-4.4
a) Technical & vocational skills for employability
Week 6 : b) 21st Century competencies for global & decent jobs 
c) Sustainable entrepreneurship
Week 7 : d) Promoting good mental health & wellbeing
e) Inclusive education & social transformation
Week 8 : 4: ESD & Social Transformation ESD for promotion of
a) Responsible consumption & production
b) Peace & justice in the society
Week 9 :  c) Sustainable cities & communities
 d) Sustainable health practices & social wellbeing
Week 10 : 5: ESD & Sustainable education Sustainable education & global partnership
 a) Educational policy & curriculum
 b) Pedagogical practices & ICT
Week 11 : c) Educational research & social benefits
  d) Educational ecosystem & management
Week 12 : Guest Lecture by International Faculty

Books and references

  1. Issues and trends in Education for Sustainable Development: UNESCO Publication
  2. Digital Pedagogy for Building Peaceful & Sustainable Societies: Blue Dot Publication
  3. https://www.mdpi.com/journal/sustainability/ special_issues/Entrepreneurship_Education

Instructor bio

Prof. Atasi Mohanty

IIT Kharagpur
Prof. Atasi Mohanty has done her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from Centre of Advanced Study in Psychology, Utkal University, Bhubaneswar, India. She has also earned her M.Phil. degree/s both in ducation and Psychology. Prior to joining Centre for Educational Technology, IIT Kharagpur, she was teaching in Visva-Bharati university, Santiniketan. Her areas of academic and research interests are-Educational Psychology, Curriculum & Pedagogy, Educational Leadership. Teacher Education & Professional Development, Human Resource Development, Positive Mental Health & Wellbeing, Psychology of Learning, Education for Sustainable Development, HR & Sustainability. She has also organized Workshops/Seminar/Short Term Courses on Professional Development, Educational Leadership, and Education for Sustainable Development.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 23 April 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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